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California Offers Student Debt Relief for Doctors and Dentists Serving Medicaid Patients (NY Times, LA Times, Sacramento Bee)

California is providing debt relief for doctors and dentists who agree to accept Medi-Cal. The grant has lifted “an emotional burden,” one recipient said in The New York Times, adding, “I can focus...
Sunita Mutha

Researcher of the Month: Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP

Healthforce Center at UCSF Director Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, was featured in the UCSF Office of Research series, "Researcher of the Month." The article highlights Healthforce's role as the leading...
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Three Health Care Professions to Pay Attention to this Minority Mental Health Month

One in five adults experience mental illness in a given year, and mental health conditions are exacerbated among minority groups. For example, the rate of depression among black youth is 30% higher...
Multiple generations interact

Healthforce Research Director Joins National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) Committee to Study Generational Issues

Healthforce Associate Director of Research Joanne Spetz, PhD, will serve on a committee exploring generational differences in the workforce. Titled Consideration of Generational Issues in Workforce...
Nurse at UCSF

Many Nurse Practitioners Cannot Provide Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction

At least six states with high opioid abuse rates also have strong work restrictions that hinder nurse practitioners (NPs) in prescribing medication that can help treat the problem, according to a...
Registered nurses at UCSF

Despite Regional and Skill Gaps, Balanced Labor Market Projected for Registered Nursing in California

Projections by Healthforce Center at UCSF demonstrate a balanced labor market of registered nurses (RNs) in California. “If there are shortages, they are regional, and they are for RNs with specific...
Cindy Selmi at Planned Parenthood

In the Face of Federal Threats, Planned Parenthood Leader Continues Fighting for Families

By Cindy Selmi, Senior Regional Director, Planned Parenthood of Northern California In the last 29 years, my career in reproductive health care has spanned multiple administrations and weathered many...
Healthforce Center Faculty Member Beth Mertz

Evolving the Dental Public Health Landscape

Healthforce Center at UCSF faculty member Elizabeth Mertz recently presented at an American Institute of Dental Public Health Colloquium. Her talk, entitled Role of Oral Health Workforce in the...
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Six Solutions to Meet California’s Health Care Needs 

California faces serious shortages in its health workforce, which makes it difficult for too many people to access the care they need. For example, in the next decade, California will face a...
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Five Ways to Cure California’s Doctor Shortage (CHCF)

Source: California Health Care Foundation We know that primary care is essential for good health, but access to primary care in California varies greatly, with large swaths of the state competing for...